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Comment Re:Is it on the main download page? (Score 3, Interesting) 216

I know that there are checksums on the download page. We know how to use them. Other people don't.

I don't understand WHY, after all this time, the author(s) continue to refuse to get a code-signing certificate and sign the executable files and the installer. I'm almost assuming that it's on principle somehow, because it's not that expensive and if a request was made I'd bet donations would take care of the cost in under a day.

Comment Re:When everyone is guilty... (Score 2) 431 almost seems like everyone is presumed to be guilty of something.

Must we quote Rand again? Regardless of whether you like her or dislike her personally, or agree with her philosophy or not:

We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. ...when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, ...that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

I mean, seriously... I wonder who hasn't committed a felony this year, whether it's paperwork or some esoteric piece of law that no one knows about - never mind the myriad of things that are now "felonies," a term which used to be reserved for serious crimes whereby one could/would lose all property (with/without possible death penalty); once such loss of property was abolished, the distinction between what was and was not a felony became more... flexible.

Comment GPL release that Sun did might seem to apply... (Score 1) 303

I really wish someone would bring this up with more serious force behind it. Sun released Java SE under GPLv2.

Also, going out on a limb, I'd guess that the "37 APIs" aren't part of something outside the core stuff - I'm guessing Sun left out J2EE when open sourcing since I see no note about it.

Comment Re:I'm going to do it (Score 1) 120

I feel that it goes back to the saying regarding you being the product, if you're not paying.

People don't want to pay, apparently, or just plain don't mind being the product. I don't get that.

The only social site I've found (just recently) where I don't feel like the product would be - sure, not many people might use it yet, but there's potential. They're working with the github model where there IS a free tier, it's just not as nice as a paid tier - and if you really USE the service, you'll probably want to pay the pittance it costs. Like github, use it for free if you want.

As for giving it a shameless plug, sign up using my referral link and we both get more space to store things:

Comment Re:My Usage Matches... (Score 1) 562

Get MSDN, or TechNet, or download some ISOs of... anything legit. Then use Steam. You're pretty much done with your 150GB if you download, say, the stuff to set up a virtualized lab configuration worth of software from MSDN, reinstall several games (at 10GB/per - they ARE hosted in the cloud for your convenience, like if you rebuild a computer), and maybe watch some TV on Netflix 3 nights a week night, and some movies on the weekend. It's not hard.

Comment These are NOT rent-a-cops (Score 1) 566

These are NOT "rent-a-cops." Any campus of the UW system that has a police department has a state-certified police force. They are armed and have all the powers that any other city/municipal police department does, including the ability to arrest you or cite you under UW system administrative code or state or local statute, depending on their mood.

Comment Re:They will make a fortune (Score 1) 308

There's no such thing as "enough windmills, dams, and solar arrays," at least at current productivity levels. These power sources are NOT price-competitive, and the only way that they survive as well as they do in Germany is via government subsidies. This is NOT a long-term plan.

Comment Re:On *NIX it is standard policy to format and (Score 1) 344

This really still applies to Windows too, which is why "cleaning" never made a lot of sense to me. I suppose that one could put their trust in the big AV companies, who analyze viruses and note what they mess up/with, but in the end, I have no way of knowing what I just had run rampant on my computer, and so it's far far far safer to just wipe everything.

Comment Re:Nuts (Score 2, Insightful) 296

I'm not sure that it's that they're parasites, it's that like so many other people in the world, they don't want to *think*.

Like a turkey drawn with a child's hand or a collection of snow globes collected from a life well-lived, these sites were hand-made, done by real people, with no agenda or business plan or knowledge, exactly, of how everything under the webservers worked.

Now, the key part here is "no knowledge . . . of how everything under the webservers worked." They presume that it's someone else's problem when the content is gone, but they:

  1. Didn't back it up,
  2. Didn't know how to back it up,
  3. Didn't care to know how to back it up,
  4. Likely told themselves that despite paying nothing, they didn't need to think about it enough to know how to back it up, and that XYZ Corp. was responsible for that.

They expected to receive value despite giving nothing, and then not to have to think at all about what could go wrong if that value were taken away, but instead, that they were entitled to it. ...and we wonder why we have problems.

"If Diet Coke did not exist it would have been neccessary to invent it." -- Karl Lehenbauer